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Costa Rica & Panama

Through the Canal and into the pure wildness of Costa Rica & Panama

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

  • 8 Days
  • NG Sea Lion
  • 62 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jan/Feb/Mar/Nov/Dec
  • From $6,390 to $11,090

Itinerary Overview

See what it means to travel expedition-style

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We enjoy exclusive access to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island.
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Red-capped manikins, as seen here, are among the 300 species of birds found in Costa Rica and Panama.
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Each Costa Rica and Panama Canal departure offers the services of a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor.

Inspiring, fun & insightful
Joining an expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal is a singular experience of diverse nature and jungle wildlife coupled with an in-depth crossing of the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering. A knowledgeable, engaging staff caters to your daily interests and provides insight, all while traveling in comfort. The 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion enables you to:

  • Venture into remote wilderness: hike among monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds, and explore far from any inhabited places
  • Transit the Panama Canal—a historical marvel of engineering
  • Kayak cool azure waters where the rain forest meets the sea
  • Explore idyllic islands; snorkel over a vibrant coral reef and take an expedition landing craft cruise through mangroves.

Escape into wildness
The perfect winter escape. Dense, lush rain forest. Pristine deserted beaches. Monkeys galore. Coatimundis and dozing sloths, plus toucans, macaws, and hummingbirds. Walk deep into the rain forest; the only sounds are the birds and monkeys in the trees and your own footfalls. And slowly, everyday life dissipates as revitalization takes over. Each day reveals distinct facets of the region: forest trails for hiking, a cool swim in a waterfall pool, or a coral reef to snorkel. Opportunities abound to see creatures in their natural environs—both on land and in the sea.

Exhilarating adventures daily
You’ll walk the rain forest, kayak through mangroves, search for wildlife by expedition landing craft, and transit the Panama Canal—a modern wonder of the world. Snorkel at Isla Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the best reefs in the Eastern Pacific. Our expert naturalists and photo instructors are with you every step of the way, always giving you choices and expanding your knowledge. And aboard, you can always savor panoramic views from the National Geographic Sea Lion

Travel with an exceptional team
Explore with the largest, most knowledgeable expedition team in the region. With one naturalist for every 12 guests, you’re ensured more access and varied points of view. With no assigned groups, you are free to experience the different personalities and specialties of our staff. They know these trails and coastlines well, adding insight, depth, and clarity to each landing. Our naturalists are adept at spotting wildlife and our photo instructors will help you with camera settings in the rain forest and aboard ship. Their enthusiasm for the region and its biodiversity is contagious. Meet the team.

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Important Flight Information

Please talk to an Expedition Specialist before booking your airfare.

Special Offers


Book by June 30, 2016 and receive free round-trip airfare from Miami to Panama or Costa Rica on select 2016/2017 departures. Subject to availability; new bookings only. Call for details.

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In the spirit of holiday giving, book by June 30th on select 2016 Holiday departures (Costa Rica & Panama: Dec. 24 or 31, 2016) and we will donate $250 per cabin in your honor to support the conservation efforts of the LEX/NG Fund: Central America. (New bookings only. Call
for details.

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